Daran Norris

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Daran Norris
Daran Norris.jpg
Born Daran Morrison Nordland
(1964-11-01) November 1, 1964 (age 50)
Ferndale, Washington, U.S.
Other names >
Justin Shyder[1]
Chris Baker
James Penrod[1]
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1988–present

Daran Norris (born Daran Morrison Nordland; November 1, 1964) is an American film, television and voice actor. He has appeared or voiced characters in more than 400 films, video games, and television programs, including: Gordy in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide; Cliff McCormack in Veronica Mars; the voices of Cosmo, Jorgen Von Strangle, and Mr. Turner in the The Fairly OddParents; Buddha Bob in Big Time Rush; and Knock Out in Transformers Prime.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Ferndale, Washington, Norris graduated from Ferndale High School in 1983.


Norris has been an actor since 1988, beginning such work in television commercials, and moving into film, TV, and voice work in early-mid 90s.

Live acting[edit]

His live acting work began in film with Hobgoblins in 1988 (was later featured in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000) and moved to television work.

Norris is known for the role as Gordy in 44 episodes of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.[2][3] Gordy is the "school's lazy, wacky janitor" who always goads Ned into rash actions[4] while acting as Ned's go-to guy for advice.[5]

He also held the role of Cliff McCormack, a Public Defender and Mars family friend, in 17 episodes of Veronica Mars.[2] The character of McCormack served as an ally to Keith and Veronica Mars and a client of Mars Investigations.

Most recently, Norris recurs as Buddha Bob in the 2010 series Big Time Rush.[1][6][7]

Voice acting[edit]

Among his voice projects, Norris voiced characters in 22 episodes of Codename: Kids Next Door from 2002 through 2007, and 18 episodes of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack from 2008 through 2009. He is noted for voicing the lead Dick Daring in 71 episodes of The Replacements from 2006 through 2009, and for voicing Mr. Turner, Cosmo, and Jorgen Von Strangle, for the The Fairly OddParents franchise from 2001 to present,[2] including 126 episodes of the television series, six specials, and seven TV movies, as well as voicing these same chararacters in the related Jimmy Timmy Power Hour trilogy: The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour, The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 2: When Nerds Collide, and The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators.[1][6][7] In October 2010, Norris voiced the Decepticon 'Knock Out' in The Hub TV network original series, Transformers: Prime. He has also been a voice over in the popular anime show Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Most recently, Norris recurs as the voice of The Chief and The Chameleon in the 2010 series T.U.F.F. Puppy. He also does the voices of Barnyard Dawg and Wile E. Coyote in the new TV series, The Looney Tunes Show. Norris also played Mr. Turner in the special live-action television film A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!.[1][6][7] He has recently done commercials for Burger King.


Live action[edit]

Title Year Role(s) Notes
Hobgoblins 1988 Club Scum MC
Vice Academy 1989 Laundromat John
Earth Angel 1991 Flat Top TV film
Meltdown 1995 The Doctor Voice (American dub, 2001)
MADtv 1995–1996 Waiter, Passbyer
Billy Frankenstein 1998 George Credited as Daran W. Norris
Invisible Dad Andrew Baily Direct-to-video
The Souler Opposite Young Man
Becker 1999 Man Ep. Choose Me
The Jersey Counselor Ep. Heroes
In the Bedroom 2001 Red Sox Replay Voice
Son of the Beach 2002 Karoke Emcee Ep. Empty the Dragon
The Greatest Short Film Ever!!! 2004 Director Short film
Comic Book: The Movie Commander Courage, Bruce Easly
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide 2004–2007 Gordy, Cosmo (episode "Daydreams")
Veronica Mars Cliff McCormack
Grounded for Life 2005 Glamourous Man Ep. Tom Sawyer
Ben 10: Race Against Time 2007 Diamondhead Voice; TV film
Jekyll Emcee
El Sonoma 2008 Janitor Smithson
Gym Teacher: The Movie Announcer TV film
Imagination Movers 2009 Captain Terrific Ep. Captain Terrific
Party Down Tony Carolla Ep. Investors Dinner
State of the Union Larry King Ep. 2.1
Big Time Rush 2009–2013 Buddha Bob
A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! 2011 Cosmo/Mr. Turner TV film
Desperate Housewives Phil Ep. The Art of Making Art
A Fairly Odd Christmas 2012 Cosmo/Mr. Turner TV film
I Know That Voice 2013 Himself Documentary
Veronica Mars 2014 Cliff McCormack
A Fairly Odd Summer 2014 Cosmo/Mr. Turner TV film
iZombie 2015 Johnny Frost Ep. Pilot


TV Roles[edit]

Title Year Role(s) Notes
Doomed Megaopolis 1993 Astronomy Teacher English dub
Hyper Doll 1996 Detective Todo
Giant Robo Zangetsu the Mid-day English dub (Animaze dub)
Street Fighter II V 1997 Narrator, Additional Voices English dub (Manga Ent. version)
El Hazard: The Wanderers Villager English dub
Oh Yeah! Cartoons 1998 Cosmo, Jorgen Von Strangle, Mr. Turner The Fairly OddParents shorts
Fushigi Yûgi Tasuki, English dub
Bastard! Dark Schneider
Super Adventure Team Major Landon West Credited as James Penrod
Fist of the North Star 1999 Rei, English dub
Cowboy Bebop Cowboy Andy Von de Oniyate, Morgan
Battle Athletes Victory Lahrri's Coach, Exercise Voice
Dinozaurs 2000 Dark Dragon
Rocket Power TV Reporter Ep. Snow Day/Welcome to the Club
Jason and the Heroes of Mount Olympus 2001 Dracchus
The Fairly OddParents 2001-present Cosmo, Jorgen Von Strangle, Mr. Turner, Anti-Cosmo, April Fool, The Crimson Chin
Mon Colle Knights 2001 Gabriolis, Redda English dub
Time Squad 2001-2002 XJ5, Samuel Adams, Sinon, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Louis Pasteur, Davey Crockett, Jack the Ripper, William Shakespeare, Phileander Knox / Vampire
Gate Keepers 2001 Fiance English dub
Transformers: Robots in Disguise 2001-2002 Heavy Load
Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team 2001 Yuri Kellarney
Samurai Jack 2001-2004 X-49, Ra, Rama, Spartok, Gentleman, Barber, Chartman, Pirate Captain, Max
Oswald Egbert
Chalkzone 2002 Additional Voices
Digimon Frontier Mercurymon, Sakkakumon English dub
The Powerpuff Girls 2002-2004 Voodooric, Additional Voices
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius 2002-2005 Nanobot #1
Codename: Kids Next Door 2002-2007 Count Spankulot, Big Brother
What's New, Scooby-Doo? 2003 Ugo DiRinaldi, Shopkeeper, Camel Sam, Tourist Dad, Sheriff, Cowardly Lion, Mr. Reed
Dexter's Laboratory Additional Voices
Star Wars: Clone Wars 2003-2005 Durge, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Tarr Seirr, Daakmen Barrek, Even Piell
My Life as a Teenage Robot 2003 Shop Teacher, Mopey, Old Lady #2 Ep. Attack of the 5 1/2 Ft. Geek/Doom with a View
Lupin III Part II 2003-2005 Marcal Daran/George Marshall, H. Von Meyer English dub
Megas XLR 2004 Gynok, Brock
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Nanao English dub
Stroker and Hoop 2005 Santa Claus, Elf, Mall Cop
Danny Phantom Bullet, Newscaster Ep. Public Enemies
Duck Dodgers Fox Bounty Hunter, Cyborg#1, Hungortus Ep. Good Duck Hunting/Consumption Overruled
The Batman Brent Ep. Meltdown
The Buzz on Maggie Dr. Electric, Flynator
Naruto Sangorou English dub
Loonatics Unleashed Ralph Runner, Alien Dad
American Dad! 2005-present Jack Smith
The Life and Times of Juniper Lee 2005-2006 Mr. Radcliff, Camel, Steven the Sandman, Mr. Rosskins
The Replacements 2006-2008 Dick Daring, Emile Zupleck, Henchman 1
W.I.T.C.H. 2006 Tynar Ep. B is for Betrayal
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Imaginary Man Ep. Challenge of the Superfriends
Random Cartoons 2007 Conrad Ep. SamSquatch
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera Emilliano Suarez
Chowder Bubble Gum Vendor, Screaming Vendor Ep. Grubble Gum/The Cinnamini Monster
The Spectacular Spider-Man 2008-2009 J. Jonah Jameson, John Jameson, Colonel Jupiter
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Dock Hag, Dashing Danny, Additional Voices
The Fairly Oddparents in Wishology 2009 Cosmo, Anti-Cosmo, Jorgen Von Strangle, Mr. Turner, Additional Voices TV film
WordGirl 2009-2011 Seymour Smooth, Nocan the Contrarian
DC Super Friends 2010 Batman Short
Handy Manny Jack Ep. Big Construction Job
T.U.F.F. Puppy 2010-2015 The Chief, The Chameleon, Sebastian, Jack Rabbit, Bad Dog
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil 2010-2012 Bjorgen
Marvel Anime: Iron Man 2011 Editor Nomura English dub
Generator Rex Coach, Burly Jock Ep. Without A Paddle
Dan Vs. Colby Ep. Dan Vs. The Family Camping Trip
Fish Hooks Scientist Ep. Parasite Fight
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Skipper's Brother Ep. The Sirens Song
Transformers: Prime 2011-2013 Knock Out
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes 2012 Police Chief Ep. Along Came a Spider
Tiger & Bunny 2013 Alexander Lloyds, Mario English dub
Phineas & Ferb Additional Voices
Turbo F.A.S.T. 2013-present Mel Shellman Netflix series
Wander Over Yonder 2014-present Additional Voices

Movie Roles[edit]

Title Year Role(s) Notes
They Were Eleven 1996 Doctor, Instructor #1 English dub
Ninku: The Movie 1998 Touji
Black Jack: The Movie 1999 Additional Voices
Ah! My Goddess: The Movie 2001 Hikozaemon Ohtaki
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie 2002 Vincent Volaju
The Little Polar Bear 2003 Brutus
WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 Kiichi Goto
Team America: World Police 2004 Spottswoode
Asterix and the Vikings 2006 Vitalstatsisx English dub
Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow 2007 Sandayu Asama
Bolt 2008 Louie
Naruto Shippuden the Movie 2009 Mouryou English dub
Escape from Planet Earth 2013 Orientation Film Host
Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning Alexander Lloyds, Mario English dub
Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising Knock Out

Video games[edit]

Title Year Role(s) Notes
Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu 1998 Koris, Kikinak
King's Quest VIII: Mask of Eternity 1998 Ice Lord, King Graham, Weapons Dealer Gnome
Bushido Blade 2 Additional Voices Credited as James Penrod
Ground Control 2000 Squad Voices, Dropship Voice #13
Spider-Man Venom, Captain America, Human Torch, Mysterio, Punisher, Scorpion, Eddie Brock
Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro 2001 Shocker, Beetle, Sandman, Charles Xavier
SkyGunner 2002 Ventre English version, uncredited
The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian Hammet, Set
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Aragorn, Tom Bombadil, Barliman Butterbur Credited as Darren Norris
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Dark Acolyte, Engineer, Old Obi-Wan
The Mark of Kri Rongo, Additional Voices
Minority Report Roy Verhaegen
.hack//Infection 2003 Piros English version
Command & Conquer: Generals Additional Voices Credited as Darren Norris
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Zelka Forn
Command & Conquer: Generals Zero Hour Additional Voices Credited as Darren Norris
True Crime: Streets of LA
The Hobbit Gollum Credited as Darren Norris
Metal Arms: Glitch in the System Additional Voices
Armed & Dangerous Henry, 01-12, Shrub Patrol 1 Credited as Darren Norris
.hack//Outbreak Piros English version
Front Mission 4 2004 Additional Voices English version, uncredited
Onimusha Blade Warriors Osric English version
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Biwig, Croswell
.hack//Quarantine Piros
Tales of Symphonia Rodyle, Shadow
Onimusha 3: Demon Siege Soldier [8]
Transformers Red Alert, Cyclonus
Drakengard Manah (Evil voice) English version
Doom 3 Sergeant Kelly
EverQuest II Generic Amygdalan Enemy, Generic Dragon Enemy, Generic Centaur Enemy
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines Chunk, Milligan, Cal, Bum
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II G0-T0
Nicktoons Unite 2005 Cosmo
Dynasty Warriors 5 Lu Meng, Pang De English version, uncredited
Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil Sergeant Kelly Credited as Darran Norris
Rise of the Kasai Additional Voices
Death By Degrees Soldiers English version
Madagascar Announcer, Sailor, Construction Worker
Kingdom of Paradise Uzo English version
Radiata Stories Genius Weissheit English version, uncredited
Urban Reign Various Gang Members
Ratchet: Deadlocked Dallas
Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War 2006 AWACS Eagle Eye English version, uncredited
Steambot Chronicles Comfrey, Commander Ferguson, Dino, Mayor Marlow
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Gatou, Kaji English version
.hack//G.U. vol.1//Rebirth Piros the 3rd, Grein, Salvador Aihara
God Hand Belze, Great Sensei, Villains, Narrator
Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island Cosmo
Resistance: Fall of Man Additional Voices
Grandia III La-Ilim English version, uncredited
Tales of Legendia Commander Vacalv Bloud
.hack//G.U. vol.2//Reminisce 2007 Piros the 3rd, Grein, Salvador Aihara English version
Project Sylpheed Additional Voices English version, uncredited
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction Narrator
.hack//G.U. vol.3//Redemption Piros the 3rd, Grein, Salvador Aihara English version
Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots Cosmo, Jorgen von Strangle
Bee Movie Game Honex
Dynasty Warriors 6 Lu Meng English version, uncredited
Warriors Orochi
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Additional Voices
Ninja Gaiden II 2008 Volf English version
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows J. Jonah Jameson
Kung Fu Panda: Legendary Warriors Gorilla Boss, Yak Minon #1
Monsters vs. Aliens 2009 Additional Voices
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Volf English version
Final Fantasy XIII 2010 Additional Voices (Cocoon Inhabitants) English version, as Darren Norris
Star Wars: The Old Republic 2011 Gault Rennow [9]
Final Fantasy XIII-2 2012 Additional Voices English version
Transformers: Prime – The Game Knock Out
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII 2013 Additional Voices English version[10]
Scooby Doo and Looney Tunes: Cartoon Universe Wile E. Coyote


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  7. ^ a b c "Daran Norris: Biography". TV Guide (magazine). Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  8. ^ Capcom (2004-04-27). "Onimusha 3: Demon Siege". Scene: Closing credits, 0:45 in, cast. 
  9. ^ BioWare (2011-12-20). "Star Wars: The Old Republic". Electronic Arts, LucasArts. Scene: closing credits, 9:50 in, English Cast. 
  10. ^ Square Enix. "Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII". Scene: Closing credits, 5 minutes in, Voice Actors, Additional Voices. 

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